Songs About Olympic Sporting Events

As the 2012 Olympic Games in London are in full force, I kinda thought it might be fun to do a relatively small random list of  some rather interesting songs that feature sporting events held at this summer’s current world games in London. I have listed, in no particular order, an eclectic variety of songs that feature an Olympic sport/event in the title or within the lyrics of the song. The lyrics may only reference a sporting event, but not necessarily have anything to with it other than use it as a metaphor to get across other subject matter.

Videos have been provided for each listing. This is by no means a complete list, just a sampling of some of the more interesting and diverse music out there. Enjoy…….and feel free to comment at the bottom of this post…… including any other song suggestions you wish I would or should have included.

The Swimming Song – Vetiver

Basketball – by Kurtis Blow

Dive – by Steven Curtis Chapman

Sailing – by Rod Stewart

Rowboat – by Johnny Cash

Anyone For Tennis – by Cream

The BMX Song – by The Bouncing Souls

The Gymnast High Above The Ground – by The Decemberists

Equestrian – by U.S. Royalty

Cupid – by Sam Cooke [Archery]

Just A Song About Ping Pong – by Operator Please

Stars of Track & Field – by Belle & Sebastian

La Copa De La Vida (The Cup of Life) – by Ricky Martin [Soccer/Football]

Shooby Doo (The Waterpolo Song) – by Skau del Sol

Mama Said Knock You Out – by LL Cool J [Boxing]

Swimming – by Florence & The Machine

Bicycle Race – by Queen

Little Arrows – by Leapy Lee [Archery]

Sailing – by Christopher Cross

Eye of The Tiger – by Survivor (from the motion picture “Rocky”) [Boxing]

Run Like Hell – by Pink Floyd [Track]

Songs For Leap Day

Well… it’s that time again… that strange extra day we’re given on the calendar every four years. LEAP DAY happens like clockwork every four years. The month of February gains an extra day at the end of the month, February 29th to be specific, though still remains the shortest month of the year. Those lucky ones (or unlucky ones depending on your outlook) who were born on this date, also known as “leaplings”, theoretically have found the “Fountain of Youth” , so to speak, by aging just a ‘notch’ with a birthday (as far as the calendar shows) once every four years. Some choose to celebrate it on February 28th or March 1st during those ‘in-between’ years.

Another interesting tradition about Leap Year and/or Leap Day, is that women are obliged , according to old Irish or Scottish folklore, to propose to their fiance on February 29th giving a spike in engagements as well as weddings on this date every four years. This particular day is also known and celebrated as “Sadie Hawkins’ Day”, when women may propose to men. Many high schools stage Sadie Hawkins Day School Rallies and Evening Dances on this date where the girl asks the guy to go to the dance.

As far as music goes, there are countless songs themed towards many other holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, but nothing really comes to mind on Leap Day or during Leap Year. So after some time doing a lot of searching for songs with a LEAP DAY theme, I decided to put together a slightly unusual list of songs with the word ‘leap’ or ‘jump’ in the title as well as a couple of other miscellaneous songs that mention ’29’ or ‘strange day’ in the title. I hope you enjoy the weird compilation mix here and I’ve included audio/videos of some so you can sample them. As in all of my other theme lists, you’ll find a wide genre mix here to hopefully satisfy your taste in music.

Songs For Leap Day

  1. “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor 
  2. “Jump” by Van Halen 
  3. “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy
  4. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. “Look Before You Leap” by Suicide Machines 
  6. “Jump” by Madonna  
  7. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio 
  8. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones 
  9. “A Strange Day” by The Cure 
  10. “Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters 
  11. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” by Billy Bragg 
  12. “Get Up & Jump Around” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  13. “29” by Ryan Adams
  14. “Jump For Joy” by Duke Ellington 
  15. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K 
  16. “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen 
  17. “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson 
  18. “One Leap” by Joshua Radin 
  19. “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie & His Orchestra 
  20. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney 
  21. “Leap of Faith” by Lionel Cartwright 
  22. “Jump Around” by House of Pain 
  23. “Leap Day” by Mark Humphreys
  24. “29” by Gin Blossoms 
  25. “Leap” by The Cave Singers 
  26. “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot 
  27. “Here Today” by The Beach Boys 
  28. “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats 
  29. “Jump” by Girls Aloud  
  30. “Another Day” by Pomplamoose 

Songs About Toys

Time to take a brief stress break in the middle of your hectic day and think back to your childhood… of the simple little things in life that made you happy….. or made you smile….. that made everything right in your world….. if  only for that moment in time. The theme here is toys, usually meaning the toys of the past or “yesteryear”. Some of these songs look back on a particular toy with great fondness while others use the theme of toys to shed light on something completely different….. if you know what I mean. The only requirement here is that there is a toy mentioned by name or referred/suggested to in the title of the song….. even if it happens to have a ‘double’ or ‘alternative’ meaning. You’ll find a few of these to be real obscure but there are some fun ones here in the mix. Enjoy!

Songs About Toys

  1. A Broken Doll – Al Jolson (1916) 
  2. Baby Be My Toy – Teresa Brewer 
  3. Barbie Girl – Aqua 
  4. Big Boy Toys – Aaron Tippin 
  5. Brand New Key – Melanie 
  6. Come & Buy My Toys – David Bowie 
  7. Cuddly Toy – Nilsson 
  8. Doll House – Priscilla Renea 
  9. Dreidel – Don McLean 
  10. I Like My Toys – Idle Race 
  11. I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle – Napoleon XIV 
  12. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify 
  13. Jack In The Box – Jackpots 
  14. Kite – U2 
  15. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design 
  16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins 
  17. Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem 
  18. Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco 
  19. Little Toy Trains – Glen Campbell 
  20. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  21. My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry 
  22. New Toy – Lene Lovich 
  23. Old Toy Trains – Roger Miller 
  24. One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste, Coven 
  25. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr. (A Disney Classic
  26. Puppet Man – The Fifth Dimension 
  27. Rag Doll – Aerosmith 
  28. Rag Doll – Four Seasons 
  29. Real Toys – Altered Images 
  30. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle 
  31. Rubber Duckie Song – Ernie from Sesame Street (voiced by Jim Henson
  32. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill 
  33. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley 
  34. The Dreidel Song – various artists 
  35. The Hula Hoop Song – Teresa Brewer 
  36. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys 
  37. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio (however the well done animated video shown below is John Denver as the vocal – who actually was former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio long before he went solo in his career) 
  38. The Teddy Bear Song – Barbara Fairchild 
  39. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall & His Orchestra (1932) An All-time children’s classic 
  40. Toy Balloons – Russ Conway 
  41. Toy Boy – Mika 
  42. Toy Soldiers – Martika 
  43. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith 
  44. Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon 
  45. Yo-Yo – Billy Joe Royal 
  46.  Yo-Yo – The Osmond Brothers 

BONUS #1:

SONGS ABOUT GAMES & OTHER RELATED PLAY THINGS

  1. 19 Something – Mark Wills 
  2. Do The Donkey Kong – Buckner & Garcia 
  3. House At Pooh Corner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  4. March of The Toy Soldiers – from the Nutcracker Suite – originally by Tchaikovsky 
  5. Merry Go Round – The Replacements
  6. Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills 
  7. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake 
  8. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia 
  9. Penny Arcade – Roy Orbison 
  10. Pinball Wizard – The Who 
  11. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes 
  12. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary 
  13. Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins 
  14. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Gum Company 
  15. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris 

SPECIAL BONUS #2:

CLASSIC TOY TV COMMERCIAL JINGLES

1960’s Cracker Jacks Commercial with Famous Theme Song (This is a classic embedded in deep within the memories of those of us who grew up in this era) 

1960’s Slink Commercial with Famous Theme Song (same can be said here for an iconic tune from my childhood) 

1980’s G.I. Joe Theme Song from the TV cartoon series of the 80’s

Extra Special Bonus #3:

YouTube Sensations

“The Gummy Bear Song” (English version) – Gummibar (includes sing-along lyrics) 

“Transformers Song – I Am Optimus Prime” – Parody of “The Time” (Black Eyed Peas)  by Angie Griffin & Chad Nikolaus 

“The Toy Song” – Destorm 

Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

nostalgia

So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

Reminiscing

So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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2017 UPDATE – Just did a major update & overhaul of this post – lots of new additions, a few corrections & a few changes. Please let me know in the comments below what I may have missed……….thanks

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SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA

THAT MENTION SPECIFIC

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST

1. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

2. 19 Something – Mark Wills

3. A Different World – Bucky Covington

4. A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) – Paul Simon

5. Abraham, Martin & John – Dion

6. AM Radio – Everclear

7. Back To The 80’s – Aqua

8. Big Bang Theory Theme Song (History of Everything) – Barenaked Ladies

9. Buddy Holly – Weezer

10. Class of ’57 – The Statler Brothers

11. Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) – Lonestar

12. Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison

13. Club At The End Of The Street – Elton John

14. Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

15. Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – The Ramones

16. Do You Remember These – The Statler Brothers

17. Done Too Soon – Neil Diamond

18. Extra Ordinary – Better Than Ezra

19. Garden Party – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

20. Heart Songs – Weezer

21. I Do The Rock – Tim Curry

22. I Feel Like Buddy Holly – Alvin Stardust

23. I Watched It (All On My Radio) – Lionel Cartwright

24. In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll – Van Morrison

25. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban

26. Kids of The Baby Boom – The Bellamy Brothers

27. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

28. Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy

29. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

30. Liquid Dreams – O-Town

31. Man On The Moon – REM

32. Nightshift – The Commodores

33. No News – Lonestar

34. Old Days – Chicago

35. Old Hippie – The Bellamy Brothers

36. Old Hippie (The Sequel) – The Bellamy Brothers

37. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

38. Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart

39. Put That Record On – Hinder

40. Raised On Radio – Journey

41. Rock & Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers

“Rock & Roll Heaven” – A music video tribute to the rock music heroes who have passed away. The soundtrack is “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Stevenson/O’day) is a new demo recording, sung by Ronnie Kimball, with reworked lyrics from the 1970’s Righteous Brothers hit. Artists featured in this video include John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Don McLean, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, George Harrison, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash, Denny Martin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Wendy O Williams, Robert Palmer, Kurt Cobain

42. Rocket – Def Leppard

43. Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams

44. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

45. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

46. The Intro & The Outro – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

47. The Miracle – Queen

48. The Movies – The Statler Brothers

49. The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

50. Three Stars – Tommy Dee

This song is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The three entertainers died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in what became known as the “Day the music died” thanks to the Don McLean song “American Pie.” Tommy Dee (Tommy Donaldson) was a disc jockey at KFXM in San Bernadino. After the plane crash, he got the idea for this song and took it to Crest Records, where he recorded it with Carol Kay And The Teen-Aires. Tommy performed the narration on the song. This was the only hit for Tommy Dee, who died in 2007 after a long career producing and promoting Country music. Eddie Cochran, who was good friends with Ritchie Valens, was the first to record this song, but his version was not released until 1966. Cochran died the year after he recorded this, when on April 17, 1960 he was killed in a car accident.

51. Titles – Barclay James Harvest

52. Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas

53. Twenty Years Ago – Kenny Rogers

54. Vogue – Madonna

55. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

56. When Smokey Sings – ABC

57. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? – George Jones

58. You’re My Song – A Rocket To The Moon

59. You’re The Top – Cole Porter

And last, but definitely not least, here’s probably the ultimate nostalgic reminiscing song of our lifetime…….at least for those of us between 40 and 70 ………. 🙂

60. American Pie – Don McLean

This song has various interpretations, no doubt, over the years and has been the source of many arguments, opinions and disagreements but the writer, as well as singer, Don McLean has kept pretty silent about the whole “meaning” of his song….therefore leaving it to any and all who want to try to interpret it’s meaning and or significance. For those under 40 and to the rest of us that might want a few questions answered, you gotta check out this LINK HERE

Here’s the original song again with a video interpretation of it by another person…. with some ‘food for thought’…..

and one more…

and here’s yet another explanation with quite a few facts thrown in to bolster what the song means….

HONORABLE MENTION

As an update I should give an honorable mention to the following songs for their ‘nostalgia’ theme, even though specific names have not necessarily been mentioned within the lyrics, but none-the-less are reflections of how much simpler, carefree, or better life once was, many years ago…..

These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to ‘nostalgic’ or ‘throw-back’ songs – as I’m sure this list can grow much larger with your input… what do YOU think?

Can you name others that reflect the past? 

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
  • Autumn of My Life – Bobby Goldsboro
  • Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road
  • Beach Baby – First Class
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Goin’ Back – Byrds
  • Dog-End of A Day Gone By – Love & Rockets
  • Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Powers
  • Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  • In My Life – Beatles
  • Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  • Looking Back – Nat “King” Cole
  • Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
  • Moments to Remember – The Four Lads
  • My Back Pages – The Byrds
  • My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
  • My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • My Old School – Steely Dan
  • Nostalgia – David Sylvian
  • Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
  • Photograph – Nickelback
  • (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard – Cat Stevens
  • Remember Then – The Earls
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  • The Days of Sand & Shovels – Bobby Vinton
  • The Old Songs – Barry Manilow
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  • This Used to Be My Playground – Madonna
  • Those Oldies But Goodies – Little Caesar & The Romans
  • Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
  • Try To Remember/The Way We Were – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Turn Around – Dick & DeeDee
  • When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – Beach Boys
  • When I Was Young – Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  • Yesterday – Beatles
  • Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
  • Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
  • You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory – Johnny Thunder

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Songs With Catchy Hooks From Recent TV Commercial Ads

Seems that lately there have been a plethora of lesser known or non-mainstream songs as well as artists being used in television advertising commercials that have a catchy hook or melody that I just can’t get out of my head. Some of these remind me of throw-back sounds reminiscent of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s while others have a very modern vibe that is very addictive. I find myself searching for info on Google as well as YouTube for the titles, artists and in some cases, lyrics.

So, with that being said, I present to you a few of my favorite memorable TV commercials featuring these addictive, catchy or simply irresistible songs in video format from YouTube. In a couple of cases, I also added lyric videos with audio from the original TV ad that others posted to YouTube who obviously had the same affection for them that I did. Hope you find these enjoyable and/or memorable as I did and please feel free to comment below. I also included a few of the classics from years gone by that you’re sure to remember if you’re old enough. To the younger viewers, discover some of the best and most popular advertisements in pop culture history.

I will more than likely be adding to this list as time goes on and new television ads with catchy lyrics or sounds pop up on the small screen. ENJOY 🙂

2013 Subaru “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” Commercial……….

“Future History” by Lightning

2012 Microsoft Windows 8 “Sign In With A Smile” Commercial…..

 “Bright Whites” by Kishi Bashi

2012 Apple iPad Mini “Piano” Commercial…..

“Heart & Soul” by legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael (1938)

2012 Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Commercial…..

“Too Close” by Alex Clare

2012 Bing ‘Discovering Hawaii’ Commercial…..

“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

2012 Visit San Diego “Enjoying Fall Season” Tourism Commercial…..

“Happiness Is Calling Me” by Mophonics

2012 Yoplait “Umbrellas” Commercial…..

“I’m Thinking Sunshine” by Max & Simon

2012 Kraft Cheese Commercial……….

“Bright Idea” by Mother Mother

2011 JC Penny “Back-to-School” Commercial…..

“Oh, Imagine That” by Max & Simon

Here is the full song with lyrics

2011 Pepsi “Flashback” Commercial…..

“Tonight Is The Night” by Outasight

2011 Nissan Versa Sedan “Headroom” Commercial…..

“Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls)” by Foster the People

2011 Travelers Insurance “Prized Possession” Commercial…..

“Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne

2010 Amazon Kindle Commercial…..

“Steal My Heart” by Little & Ashley

Here is the full song with lyrics

2010 Amazon Kindle 3 “Zest” Commercial…..

“Lovers Carvings” by Bibio

2010 Advil Commercial…..

“Chugjug” by Family of the Year

2009 Amazon Kindle Commercial…..

“Fly Me Away” by Annie Little

Here is the full song with lyrics

2009 Comcast “Future Hopping” Commercial…..

“Future Hopping” (an original)… very catchy! (lyrics below video)

Here are those fast spoken words to the video above:

New Sensation, Sending Shivers,
Flying Further, Dreaming Bigger,
Single Cable, One Decision,
Internet, Phone, Television

High-speed internet elation,
Crazy Fast Acceleration,
Awe Inspiring, Screaming, Yelling,
R O T F L O Ling

Voice-mail, E-mail, All connected,
Caller ID, Friend Detecting,
Kelly Calling, Conference Karen,
So much stuff to share with Sharon

More HD, awesome edition,
Def-defying definition,
Ninjas, Cowboys, Gangsters, Coppers,
Huge Explosions, Helicopters

Films Fantastic, Shows Outstanding,
Motherload of On-Demanding,
Hometown, Showdown, Perfect Timing,
Courtside, Kicking Back, Unwinding

Happy High-Tech Automatic,
Exponentially Ecstatic,
Speeding for future hopping,
Always dreaming, never stopping

C-O-M-C-A-S-T
C-O-M-C-A-S-T

2008 Sutter Health Commercial…..

“A Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door” by Bill Ricchini

2007 Toyota Prius “Yes” Commercial…..

“Rent A Wreck” by Suburban Kids With Biblical Names

2005 Diet Coke “Loft” Commercial…..

“I Like The Way You Move by” The BodyRockers

2005 Game Network Channel ‘G4’ ad for the Annual ‘E3’ Video Game Expo…..

“Believe It Or Not”

And here are a few more All-Time Favorites “Jingles”

from Way Back When…

1990 Coca-Cola “20 Year Hilltop Reunion” Commercial…..

“Can’t Beat The Real Thing”

1988 Wrigley’s Big Red Gum Commercial…..

“Longer”

1985 McDonald’s Big Mac Promo “It’s Mac Tonight” Commercial…..

“It’s Mac Tonight!” (2 different versions shown here)

1984 Pepsi “New Generation” Commercial…..

“Pepsi Generation” by Michael Jackson

1980 Coca Cola “Trucks” Christmas Commercial…..

“Holidays Are Coming”

1980 Hershey’s “Great American Chocolate Bar” Commercial…..

1978 Lowenbrau Beer Commercial…..

“Here’s To Good Friends” by Arthur Prysock

1971 Coca-Cola “Hilltop” Commercial…..

“I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” by Hilltop Singers or the New Seekers

1970 Budweiser Commercial…..

“When You Say Bud”

1968 Kent Cigarette Commercial…..

“To A Smoker, It’s A Kent”